Modelling Earth’s Inner Structure

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The purpose of the following lessons is to build on the reasoning behind the rejection of Wegener’s Continental Drift Theory. Most students are convinced that the continents have moved over … Read More

 

Top Plate Tectonics Misconceptions

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One thing that I worry about when teaching is that I unknowingly perpetuate misconceptions. As I was reading this blog post, How Did Plate Tectonics Begin?  by David Bercovici (Department of Geology & … Read More

 

Continental Drift Theory–Accept or Reject?

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“Scientists still do not appear to understand sufficiently that all earth sciences must contribute evidence toward unveiling the state of our planet in earlier times, and that the truth of … Read More

 

Inside Earth Unit Plan

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This unit tells the story of the development of the theory of plate tectonics. The students take the same journey of discovery as scientists did. This helps them understand that science … Read More

 

Heat Transfer: Conduction, Radiation, Convection

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photo credit: Kmecfiunit Key Ideas from Lessons:  Heat is transferred through matter in three different ways: conduction, convection, and radiation. Conduction occurs when two objects of different temperatures are in direct contact with each other and heat is transferred from molecule to molecule. Radiation is the transfer of thermal energy that does not require contact or the presence of any matter between the heat source and the object being heated. Convection is the transfer of heat by the movement of currents in a fluid (a gas or a liquid). As a … Read More

 

What is Energy?

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This is such an intense topic to try and create a brief introduction to students. What to keep in? What can I leave out? I found the professional development (PD) … Read More

 

States of Matter

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Key Ideas from the Lessons: (Source: http://assessment.aaas.org/topics/AM#/,tabs-40/0,tabs-42/0,tabs-43/0) Develop and use models to explain the how the structure  of molecules (specifically how the molecular structure moves) determines if they function as gases, … Read More

 

Atoms and Molecules

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Key Ideas from the lessons: (Source: http://assessment.aaas.org/topics/AM#/,tabs-29/0,tabs-31/0,tabs-40/0) Anything made up of atoms is matter. It is because atoms take up space and have mass that all matter takes up space and has mass. Atoms are the basic building blocks of matter, and determine the properties and behaviors of all materials. All matter-solids, liquids, and gases-is made up of discrete particles (atoms), rather than being continuous and these atoms are the matter rather than contained in … Read More

 

What is Matter? Developing a student friendly definition

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Lesson Description I start off the whole Matter and Energy unit with students completing an Anticipation Guide: matter and energy unit Anticipation Guide. This gets them thinking about some key … Read More

 

Mystery Class

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  “Mystery Class is a global game of hide-and-seek. Follow photoperiod clues to search for ten secret sites around the world. Track sunlight to solve a mystery—and discover the reasons … Read More